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referendum

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noun ref·er·en·dum \ˌre-fə-ˈren-dəm\

Simple Definition of referendum

  • : an event in which the people of a county, state, etc., vote for or against a law that deals with a specific issue : a public vote on a particular issue

Full Definition of referendum

plural ref·er·en·daplay \-də\ or ref·er·en·dums

  1. 1 a :  the principle or practice of submitting to popular vote a measure passed on or proposed by a legislative body or by popular initiative b :  a vote on a measure so submitted

  2. 2 :  a diplomatic agent's note asking for government instructions

Examples of referendum

  1. The issue was decided by referendum.



Origin of referendum

New Latin, from Latin, neuter of referendus, gerundive of referre to refer


First Known Use: 1847

Rhymes with referendum



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